Quickstart your Jazz Guitar playing
Read on to discover how!
Welcome to JazzGuitarLessons.net! I’m honored to have you on board and ready to learn how to play jazz guitar! This is a huge topic but do not worry, you’re not alone! 🙂
I believe all guitarists have the potential to play convincing jazz guitar, and I’m here to help them on their journey with some of the best guitar lessons found anywhere online.
This website’s mission is to make the above statement a reality through free online jazz guitar lessons. In essence, the entire website has one goal: to help you with free jazz instruction. You’ll get free training with lessons about chords, improvisation, and much more. Furthermore, the website may also help simply by expanding what you listen to or changing the way you organize your practice time.
JazzGuitarLessons.net has been at home on the web since 2009. As you can imagine, I’ve built up hundreds of lessons, articles, videos, and podcasts on everything from jazz guitar standards to which jazz guitar players (legends) to listen to.
If it’s your first time, I know all of the information can be overwhelming. For that reason, I’ve created this page with some of the very best jazz guitar resources, to get you started on how to play jazz guitar. Every journey starts with the first step!
Ok, before we get into the nitty gritty of how to play jazz guitar - it is a “Start Here” guide after all! - I just want to take a moment and get into your head. This website will definitely help you the most if any of the following applies to you:
Does this sound like you? Even if you only said yes to TWO of the above points, you’ve come to the right place. The lessons here will help you progress. 🙂
Now, let’s get started with jazz guitar advice. If you can realize the following right away, you’ll quickly be on your way to learning how to play jazz guitar. So re-read the following sentence a few hundred times out loud:
My ultimate goal is to play well on jazz tunes (aka standards).
This means executing the melody, accompanying (with chords), improvising (single-note solos), and perhaps add a touch of chord melody when possible on the jazz tune you’re working on.
Therefore, never mind when your teacher insists you practice scales and arpeggios for hours on end. Guitar lessons can become useless at a certain point! And forget about memorizing chord shape after chord shape. I like to think this is a more holistic approach. So, let me put this differently:
All you have to remember is play on standards! Play jazz tunes that you enjoy listening to. Learn the melody, learn the chords and learn to solo. That’s it! Maybe add some chord melody if you're feeling brave. ;-)
Now, to become an accomplished jazz guitarist, what you need to do is fairly simple in the end. It basically goes as follows:
Then rinse and repeat! That’s how all great jazzers learn how to play jazz guitar and improve their jazz guitar playing. Simple, huh?! In a way, it's almost too simple. : shifty eyes:
To get you started, do yourself a favor and check out the most frequently visited and shared free lessons and learn jazz guitar on JazzGuitarLessons.net below. You’ll find plenty of ideas on exactly what to do with the four steps above. You can also go to our blog and find all the resources there!